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Himalayan Diaries: The Surreal valleys of Himachal Pradesh

In the lap of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is among India’s most scenic states. Explore the lush countryside, with forests and orchards, sweeping river valleys and snow-clad peaks. Immerse yourself in the unique culture of this charming mountain state with these offbeat experiences.

Stay on an Apple Orchard in the Mountains


Tucked away from the bustle of popular tourist towns, this apple orchard in the fold of the mountains is the perfect place to disconnect with urban life and reconnect with nature. Surrounded by fruit trees and valley views, you’ll stay in a traditional Himachali home with stone, mud, and wooden walls. The cozy bungalow incorporates luxuries while remaining true to its traditional roots. Wake to birdsong and a Himalayan sunrise, go on treks, and learn how to pick fruits and vegetables from the orchards and farm. 

Visit the last Indian Village on the Indo-Tibet Border


Chitkul is India’s final frontier, the last inhabited village before the border with Tibet. Explore this picturesque hamlet in the lap of the Himalayas, with traditional wooden homes along the hillside. Walk along the narrow hill roads with views of snow-capped peaks and stop by at the wheat fields surrounding the village. The temple at the town centre is where people congregate and you can observe a slice of local life in this scenic and remote corner of India. 

Visit the Iconic Key Monastery in Spiti Valley


The region of Spiti is known for its stark landscapes of bare mountains and wide rivers. Set in this remote valley is the magnificent Key Monastery, an ancient Buddhist monastery set high on a hill. The whitewashed walls and deep maroon trimmings stand in deep contrast with the landscape. This is one of the largest and most important monasteries in the region, filled with incredible Buddhist art, scriptures, and musical instruments. From this serene spot, you’ll have sweeping views of a river valley below. 

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